It’s no longer the carrot and the stick, but the carrot and the needle in Orange City.
As variants of the dreaded coronavirus spread, Orange City Manager Dale Arrington is giving her staff new incentives to be vaccinated.
Arrington has issued a memorandum telling the city’s workers they may receive “one work day of ‘Employee Wellness’ leave time or a $100 gift card to full-time and part-time employees who are fully vaccinated.”
The Employee Wellness days must be taken as whole days off, not partial days. The workdays of employees vary by department. While most city employees are on an eight-hour or 8.5-hour day, police officers typically work a 12-hour shift, and firefighters work a 24-hour shift (followed by 48 hours off).
Arrington says employees desiring a wellness day must take it before Dec. 31. To qualify for the pay or the gift card, those who receive COVID vaccinations must show proof to Orange City’s Human Resources Department.
The wellness-days leave time may not accrue toward a payout of an employee’s unused leave in the event of retirement or resignation.
In addition, requests for time off under the incentive program must be approved by the employee’s supervisor, who may deny or change the leave time because of staffing needs.
Employees who request time off for vaccination may be given “a paid leave of absence for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed two (2) hours per injection.”
The leave benefits are retroactive to July 1. The leave policy expires Dec. 31, 2021.